“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Deleted Scene

Posted on March 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be available for streaming on April 1, 2016 and on DVD/Blu-Ray on April 5. Here’s a sneak peek at a deleted scene that’s included with the extras, along with “Finn and the Villager”, “Jakku Message”, “X-Wings Prepare for Lightspeed”, “Kylo Searches The Falcon”, “Snow Speeder Chase,” and “Finn Will Be Fine” on Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack, plus a special bonus deleted scene, “Tunnel Standoff” only on Digital HD or by redeeming the digital copy included in the Blu-ray Combo Pack.

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Trailer: Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in “War Dogs”

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Based on a true story and from Bradley Cooper’s production company, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

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Tribute: Ken Howard

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

We mourn the loss of actor and activist Ken Howard, who has died at age 72. He played Thomas Jefferson in the historical musical 1776.

He starred in a television series called “The White Shadow” as a former NBA player turned high school coach, with a diverse cast and frankness about racial issues that was unusual for the time.

He appeared in over 100 movies and television shows, most recently with Tina Fey in “30 Rock,” Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy” and Robert Downey, Jr. in “The Judge.”

Howard had an elegance, grace, natural intelligence, and charm that he brought to all of his performances. He was elected president of the union that represents actors, reflecting the respect of his colleagues and his many efforts on their behalf.

May his memory be a blessing.

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Before You See Batman v. Superman, Read This

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 8:00 am

I can’t say I recommend buying a ticket for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but anyone who decides to go should check out this primer to bring you up to date. It has some interesting background (Jenna Malone as a future female Robin? Christian Bale turned down how much to play Batman again?) and some provocative thoughts on where DC will go next.

I can only hope it’s with a better script.

For even more detail about the history of the two sometime pals, sometime enemies, take a look at the very comprehensive history in New York Magazine.

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Tribute: Garry Shandling

Posted on March 24, 2016 at 7:29 pm

We mourn the loss of actor/writer/comedian Garry Shandling, who died today at age 66. He created two of the most innovative and influential television shows of all time, both smart self-aware, : Showtime’s It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (1986–1990) and HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998). Both had a meta overlay with him mocking himself and us and show business all at the same time. And both used show business as a metaphor to illuminate all of our illusions, fears, and our most superficial dreams of validation and success.

Matt Zoller Seitz wrote insightfully about him for New York Magazine’s Vulture blog:

His comic persona, honed over 30 years onstage and in TV and film, fused Jack Benny’s unctuous neediness, Charles Grodin’s dour certitude, Albert Brooks’s self-lacerating intellectual discomfort, and Warren Beatty’s dashing Hollywood satyr act, and added shadings from Shandling’s own personality, plus a great playwright’s keen understanding of the lies that we tell ourselves about ourselves, and how these self-deceptions become plain whenever we try to manipulate others to attain what we think of as happiness.

And Nell Scovell’s tribute in Vanity Fair is very touching. He was one of the first to support her work.

Looking back, I think I connected to Garry’s stand-up because, in a way, he was a female comic. When Joan Rivers was tossing out insults, Garry was talking about his feelings. He fretted about his hair and getting fat. He talked about his shrink and his feeble love life. So much of Garry’s comedy came from being vulnerable and insecure and uncomfortable.

May his memory be a blessing.


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